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Warren voters approve 12-year term limit for mayor

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts
City of Warren

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a year into his fourth term. But it could very well be his last, after voters approved a term limits proposal this week.

The 78-year-old Fouts was reelected to a fourth term last year, despite controversy over recordings of offensive private comments he allegedly made about women, Black people and people with intellectual disabilities. Some of the tapes were deemed authentic by a forensic audio expert.

This week, despite a majority voting for Fouts last year, a significantly larger majority approved a term limit of 12 years for mayor.

Fouts did not return a call asking for comment, but he told WXYZ the ballot proposal was "confusing" to voters. 

Fouts' current term is up at the end of 2023.

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Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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